This inspirational collective of barbers is helping men talk about mental health and suicide

Liz Connor speaks to Kenneth Hermes, a Lion’s Barber Collective ambassador that’s helping save lives while cutting men’s hair and trimming beards.

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Mental illness a big issue for health workers; 1 in 4 experiencing mental health issue

One in two health workers in Ireland have experienced mental health difficulties, it has emerged.

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HSE apologises for letter to GPs stating mental health services in areas of Dublin were suspended

The HSE has apologised for a letter that was sent to GPs telling them mental health services in parts of North Dublin were being suspended.

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Mental health patients lacking key healthcare

The Mental Health Commission has said it is utterly unacceptable and a breach of human rights that people with severe mental illness are being denied essential healthcare services which could prolong their lives.

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Mental health service sees 35% rise in engagement by young people ahead of exams

The National Centre for Youth Mental Health has revealed that it sees a 35% increase in the number of young people engaging with its services in the run-up to the exam period.

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Call to restore Stormont as suicide rates continue to rise in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland spends less than half per capita supporting people suffering with mental health issues than in England.

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Thousands come together for Darkness into Light

Tens of thousands of people have taken part in the annual Darkness Into Light event.

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Cork mental health centre criticised

A mental health facility in Glanmire, Cork, has again been criticised for failing to ensure the privacy, dignity, or autonomy of its residents.

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Darkness Into Light helps Pieta House keep its doors open

Without the support for ‘Darkness Into Light’ walks, Pieta House would struggle to keep its doors open writes Jonathan deBurca Butler.

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Call for improved mental health services after report shows 70 school children died by suicide in 2017

The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) has called on the government to prioritise the expansion of existing mental health supports in secondary schools.

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Permanent Oireachtas Mental Health Committee to be established

Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly says the forum will give the Oireachtas greater say on mental health issues.

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Mental health services at crisis point, PNA warns

PNA General Secretary Peter Hughes says it is hard to understand how the HSE solution to the ongoing staffing row is to order a new embargo on recruitment.

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Three of four mental health centres inspected failed to reach 'acceptable standards'

Three out of four mental health centres inspected failed to reach acceptable standards of cleanliness and maintenance, the inspector of mental health services has revealed.

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Mental health services at crisis point amid 'growing demand' - Psychiatric Nurses Association

Mental health services are at crisis point as staffing shortages are expected to worsen, a psychiatric watchdog has warned.

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Mental health campaign aims to help young people preparing for exams

The HSE has launched a new phase of a mental health information programme called Mind Monsters for young people preparing for exams.

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Accountability needed to save lives as suicide data severely lacking

I was stopped in my tracks last week by a beautiful picture in this newspaper of lovely young Sandra Russell being kissed by a handsome man called John Broderick as both of them finished the Cork City Marathon in 2011.

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The pleasure of pleasing: Helping others can be key to your own happiness

Helping others can be a key part of our own quest for happiness, so long as it doesn’t come at the expense of our own needs, writes Jenny Sherlock

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A jersey standing out: Monaleen's admirable stance against the silent threat

At the recent launch of the Limerick senior hurling championship, the Monaleen jersey stood out — and for all the right reasons.

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Mental health service resources: €40m needed to deliver ’06 plan

There can hardly be an area where hope, where optimism can be such a catalyst for recovery as it is when individuals or families are confronted with mental health difficulties.

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Study finds mental health is still a stigma for more than 80% of people

More than 80% of Irish people believe there is still a stigma attached to mental illness.

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Mental health charity urges companies to make wellness a priority in the workplace

Mental Health charity Suicide or Survive (SOS) is urging people to make wellness a priority in the workplace this Friday.

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Austin ready for lead role at Pieta House

Pieta House has appointed Elaine Austin as chief executive as it prepares for its annual Darkness Into Light awareness event on Saturday, May 11.

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Phone use impact on teen health unproven

The use of smartphones and other screens has little impact on the wellbeing of teenagers, even if it occurs directly before bedtime, according to a study of thousands of teens in Ireland and worldwide.

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Samaritans answer 2.9m calls since 2014; charity to play crucial role in new mental help phone service

The Samaritans will play a crucial role in the development of a national telephone service that will direct callers to the most suitable mental health service.

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Three million calls made to Samaritans over last five years

Samaritans volunteers have listened to almost three million calls over the last five years.

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Love Island’s Jack Fincham on mental health battle: I thought I was going mad

The reality TV star has urged those dealing with similar issues: ‘Don’t be embarrassed – speak to somebody close to you.’

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Irish teenager with mental health problems at centre of litigation in London

An Irish teenager with mental health difficulties is at the centre of litigation in a specialist court in England after leaving Ireland for treatment.

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Family of Avicii launches foundation to support people with mental health issues

The dance DJ, whose name was Tim Bergling, died aged 28 last year while visiting Oman.

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Five celebrities open up about male anxiety

American rapper Big Sean has marked his 31st birthday by opening up on Instagram about his struggles with depression and anxiety.

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Majority of those with mental health difficulties experience symptoms as children

St. Patrick's Mental Health Services, which is making an effort to increase awareness and promote positive mental health in schools, revealed the figures.

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40% of people using mental health services had poor experience

A new report has found that people with mental health difficulties and their families are not receiving appropriate supports.

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Mixed views over mental health reforms

People with mental health difficulties and their families are still not seeing the improvements envisaged in the national mental health policy — A Vision for Change — more than 13 years ago, a rights group claims.

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Learning Points: Getting to the root cause of a child’s anxiety

In this week’s column I am going to outline how parents can support their child suffering with anxiety.

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Spike in people taking antidepressants highlights struggling mental health services - doctor

The number of patients in the public health system taking prescribed antidepressants has increased by almost 20% in a five-year period.

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Self-harm cases increased among young people over 10 years

There was a 21% increase in the number of self-harm cases among 10 to 24-year-olds between 2007 and 2017.

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No plans to re-establish Oireachtas committee on mental health

Ministers confirmed there are no plans to re-establish the mental health committee after it delivered a report last year.

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'Shocked, angered and dismayed': Dublin Mayor on amalgamation of Clondalkin Jigsaw

South County Dublin Mayor Mark Ward has said he is 'shocked, angered and dismayed' that Clondalkin's Jigsaw centre is to be amalgamated with the centre in Tallaght.

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Progress in only 2 of 7 suicide targets

Only limited success in 5 other goals in strategy to reduce suicide

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More than 400 children sought Pieta House aid

More than 400 people under the age of 18 contacted Pieta House in Cork last year for support services.

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'We will intervene robustly' - Mental Health Commission issue warning that substandard service won't be tolerated

While there have been no prosecutions to date, John Farrelly, chief executive of the Mental Health Commission (MHC), advised “that will change”.

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Mental Health Commission will take action if patient rights not being observed

The head of the Mental Health Commission is warning that where people’s rights are not being observed the Commission will take action.

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84 children admitted to adult mental health units in 2018

This was an increase from 82 in 2017 and 68 in 2016.

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Social workers to demand reform of mental health laws

The country’s social workers will today call for the urgent reform of the Mental Health Act, claiming that the current laws are not fit for purpose.

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Learning Points: Pointless pursuit of perfection is consuming teens

A FAMILIAR conversation in any house with a young male today would be that of body image. While self-improvement is always a desirable pursuit, something pathological has crept into the teenage world where they have become consumed with attaining the perfect body. I hear it so often in my clinic; parents describing their children as perfectionists.

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650 Cork children on CAMHS wait list

New figures show that 650 children were on a waiting list for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Cork alone at the end of 2018, including 113 children who had been waiting for more than a year.

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Mental health supports ‘just a phone call or text away’

Mental health supports and recovery options are just a phone call or a text away.

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Psychologists highlighting serious gaps within HSE services

The main representative body for psychologists is highlighting, what it says are, serious gaps within HSE services ranging from children's services all the way to the over-65s.

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Mental health supports booklet for teens launched in Cork

A new booklet outlining the range of mental health supports available to young people in Cork has been launched this morning.

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For the sake of our children mental health provision should be non-negotiable

We need to respond to the mental health crisis in a more appropriate and holistic manner – for the sake of our children, suggests Lisa Molloy.

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Stress solution: How to beat burnout

Siobhán Murray seemed to have it all but it came at a price. Now a psychotherapist, she has written a definitive guide on how to beat burnout, writes Clodagh Finn

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Instagram 'helped kill my daughter' says father

The father of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life has said Instagram "helped kill my daughter".

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What is #BlueMonday? Mental health charities dispute ‘most depressing’ day

The hashtag was started as part of a PR campaign which charities have called ‘pseudoscience’, ‘nonsense’ and ‘absurd’.,

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Use of physical restraint among the issues at mental health facilities, report finds

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) has published inspection reports for four mental health facilities in Dublin, Donegal and Roscommon.

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Laughter yoga is a thing and could be the answer to improving our mental health

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were joined in studio this morning by laughter yoga expert Louise Claire Gates.

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Documentary offers different ways of seeing mental illness

In the West, having a ‘breakdown’ is a medical condition, but in other societies, it can be regarded as a spiritual experience.

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Caring is about sharing: Tom Conlon's support group encourages men to open about their mental health

Marjorie Brennan meets psychotherapist Tom Conlon, who is establishing a men’s support group to help them to talk to one another and share stories

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Mental health 'not something you choose like a handbag', says Director

Director for Mental Health Reform, Shari McDaid, has said that mental health is "not something you choose like a handbag".

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FF calls for better mental health supports for domestic violence victims

Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on Mental Health, James Brown says the new legislation is extremely welcome but he is calling for more resources to support people who come forward for help.

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Depression linked to social media twice as high among teenage girls – study

New research from University College London claims girls are twice as likely to show signs of depression because of greater social media use.

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